FIRST ALERT: Hurricane Dorian moving closer to Bahamas

VIDEO: Hurricane Dorian 8 a.m. update

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Dorian maintained its strength as of the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center Saturday afternoon.

At 8 p.m., maximum sustained winds continue to hold at 150 mph.

The next update to the storm’s forecast track is expected at 2 a.m. The most recent track update continues to show a a shift to the east that could send the storm skirting along the southeast coast with no guarantee of landfall.

8PM HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE - No major changes, Dorian remains extremely powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Posted by Live 5 News on Saturday, August 31, 2019

The distinct eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.3 North, longitude 75.1 West, about 310 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Dorian is moving toward the west near 8 mph, and a slower westward motion should continue into early next week. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and move near the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday.

But the so-called “cone of uncertainty” has its name because landfall could occur anywhere within that area. Meteorologists urge people to focus on the entire area, not just the plotted points toward the center of the cone, as potential locations where the storm may actually go.”

No matter where landfall does happen, heavy rain, coastal flooding and strong winds could affect the Lowcountry midweek. But even this time is not yet set in stone because it’s too early to tell how continuing updates will further change the projected path of the storm.

The next update on Dorian’s projected path will be released at approximately 2 a.m.

In the meantime, click here to download the free Live 5 News and First Alert Weather Apps. With the weather app, you can easily track the storm using the latest data available.

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